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  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Vic and Henry!

  • By Nancy R on 09-06-18

Not up to par

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Don't believe I have ever given a Longmire book less than a 5 star much less a one star. Love Walt but he is not complete without Henry and Vic. Like the characters from south of the border but dragged on. Too much letting people go, saves Katy, looses Katy etc etc etc. the performance outstanding as usual.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,702

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Worst Baldacci book ever

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Where to even begin. This should be shelved as a primer for someone who has never read/listened to a mystery thriller. MT101. If you have never seen or read a crime, cop,forensic, legal etc show or book this is the book for you.

And since when did Baldacci talk down to his audience treating us like we are children, over explaining in such simplistic ways.

And dumbed down the lead female Jamison. Had her asking the dumbest questions ever. Questions her 6 year old niece Zoe would have asked. It felt like the way Goren would talk down to Eames on L&OCI. Having Decker treat her like she was a rookie.

Can’t tell you how hard it was to get through that to get to The Who-done-it.

This will be the last Amos Decker book I read.

  • The Disappeared

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482

Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Pickett knows that happens sometimes - these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and "ranch romances" aren't uncommon. But no sign of her months after she vanished? That suggests something else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sheridan takes a lover!

  • By Richard Delman on 04-11-18

Need more than 5 stars for this one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Might be the best the Joe Pickett novel to date. it feels like for ever since the last one and couldn't wait to start listening to this one. Never has a JP novel made me laugh out loud and chuckle throughout all while being a serious story. And speak of the story bit of a twist from what you think the story is about to, what I consider, a serious environmental issue with wind turbines.

I also loved the more involvement of Sheridan, and of course Nate. And what an ending.....how long to we have to wait the next one?!?!?!?!

And David Chandler does a superb job as always!

  • Cold Hearted River

  • By: Keith McCafferty
  • Narrated by: Rick Holmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Sheriff Martha Ettinger reunites with once-again lover and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan to investigate the death of a woman who was stranded in a spring snowstorm. When a fly wallet is found in a pannier on the saddle of the woman's horse, the leather engraved with the initials EH, Stranahan shows the wallet to Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club. Only a few days before, Willoughby was approached by a man selling fishing gear that had belonged to a famous outdoorsman and writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very very good book

  • By William Michael Dunn on 07-27-17

Beautiful descriptors

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Best one of the series I think , well at least a tie with Buffalo Jump.

Oh one comment to Rick Holmes: the nickname of a Subaru is not pronounced “subbie as in submarine “. But pronounced suby as is sue-bee. Just saying

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, Book 5
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,291
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,276

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Channeling Stieg Larsson again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Wow. Just like the previous Lizbeth and Blomquist book by DL this is great. Please keep writing about our fav characters

As always Simon Vance is perfection

  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,450
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,744

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Fantastic first in a series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

It's like reading that first Bosch or Reacher. Great introduction to a new detective so different from Bosch but gritty and persistent. Can't wait for number two !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kept Woman

  • Will Trent, Book 8
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136

It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor - the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest and most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much Angie, not enough Will

  • By seattlesue on 11-21-16

Will needs to grow a pair

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

I think I have this before. Will needs to grow a pair. You want to reach through the speakers and smack him. His persistence with Angie is getting way too old. I was so elated when he found that woman on the floor. I literally said out loud "FINALLY", boy was that a let-down way to early in the book.

Narration was great though

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,635

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking action, too descriptive

  • By Liz H on 11-14-16

Worst Reacher in the series

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

I have been a die hard Reacher fan since I spotted the first release of The Killing Floor in a Little Professor Book Store. I have seen Lee at several book signings and I am so very sorry to say this Reacher just didn't fit the bill.

I was looking forward to one based in the past with old pals but the story was just not up to par. It finally got a tad better with about 2 hours left.

I would realize I wasn't paying attention to the story which for me means it just sort of wanders off, doesn't hold my interest.

Now Dick Hill is one of my top 3 narrators of all time. But he was also off a bit. Which could have something to do not enjoying the whole book. Usually he is flawless at character voices - you know just who is speaking. In the beginning when the 3 men met at Night School the voices were not discernable. I found that to be the case throughout the book. The accent of the German Detective changed off and on.

If you are a Reacher fan you will read it but its just not up there with the rest.

As a note I am finding this to be true with a few other authors with long running characters: Kay Scarpetta books have sucked for at least the 4 or 5 as an example.

  • Chaos

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510

In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, 26-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning - except the weather is perfectly clear, with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center's director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental act of God. Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Another chance, another disappointment.

  • By Lonna on 11-24-16

Yawn

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-17

I wait with great anticipation for each new Scarpetta book but each one, for the past many years, has been a disappointment, this one included. She drones on and on (no pun intended- readers will get it). It was putting me to sleep while driving. At 59 minutes left it finally picked up slightly and I only mean slightly. And yet again there is not successful conclusion to the way to ongoing nemesis. Just start anew , give us a good forensic novel. Sadly I will think the next one will finally be better as I have in the past, I hope the next one will be but I am not holding my breath

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  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,639

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Good Story with some wrong facts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I love Harry Bosch and having Titus read him now is great. But I am about 99% certain there is wrong info in this book regarding the adoption process.

I am an adult adoptee. When I searched for my birth family back in the 80's I found I was very good at the records searching. I wound up working with an triad organization doing their searches and eventually worked for a PI on the adoption searches than came across his desk. this was back before computers when searching was fun: like Harry- going to the births deaths and marriage records. Either scanning the microfiche or the tape reels. It was actually easier because you could spot misspellings because you were scanning. you can't do that today.

I have never heard, in any state in the US, of there not being an original birth certificate. Its part of the process. If you are born in the state an original is issued. When the adoption becomes finalized a new amended certificate is issued and the original is sealed (if that state has closed record laws).

If you are a competent investigator you can always find the glitch in the system.

I was in Ohio then and only did 2 searches in California of births occurring in the 50's and they both had originals. While reading this book the minute this came up I called a friend who has performed 1000's of searches and confirmed that California has original birth certs.

So I am a little surprised that Michael Connelly either received bad info or didn't do adequate research.

Otherwise I thought the story was good. It of course tugged at a few of my heart strings because of my history.